us capital 2015WASHINGTON, D.C. (11/7/19) — On September 11, 2001, Colonel Richard Rescorla saved nearly 2,700 lives at the World Trade Center in New York at the cost of his own, the Whitehouse 1600 Daily reports.

During the attack on the Twin Towers, Rescorla — a commissioned officer in the Vietnam War — ignored a P.A. system announcement that urged people inside the building to shelter in place. Instead, he assisted in evacuating employees, directing them to stairwells and keeping everyone calm amid the growing chaos.

Then, rather than saving himself, Rick stayed behind to keep helping others. He said he would leave “as soon as I make sure everyone else is out.” He died when the South Tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. ET.

Tonight, President Trump will honor the American hero posthumously with the Presidential Citizens Medal.

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